Richard D. Hurt

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Richard D. Hurt, M.D. (Professor of Medicine; Director, Nicotine Dependence Center. Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota


A native of Kentucky, Dr. Hurt received his M.D. from the University of Louisville, interned at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, and did his internal medicine fellowship at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Hurt was the first witness for the State in the historic Minnesota tobacco trial which resulted in a settlement with the cigarette manufacturers, including the release of over 50 million pages of previously secret internal tobacco company documents. From 1998-2003, Dr. Hurt served as the Chair of the Board of the Minnesota Partnership for Action Against Tobacco (MPAAT), a new nonprofit organization that was created by the settlement reached in the Minnesota tobacco trial in May 1998. Presently, he is Director of the Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Center which he helped to found in 1988.

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